Piazza Sant'Agostino, 6 - Modena - MO - 41121
Timetable:Currently closed for post-earthquake restoration.
Ownership: Municipality of Modena
The church, erected in 1338 on a pre-existing building, was transformed between 1669 and 1670 to become the Pantheon of the dukes and duchesses of Este.
In those years, the gothic building, whose original style can still be seen in its general structure and on the external side, was decorated with a sumptuous stucco work and paintings. The complex expresses the aspirations of the House of Este, intertwining the terrestrial glory with the divine glory of the reigning house. The ambitious iconographical decoration conceived by the Jesuit Domenico Gamberti was realised by the artists of the court, some of whom also worked at the palace in Sassuolo: Oliviero Dauphin, Sigismondo Caula, Francesco Stringa and stucco artists Lattanzio Maschio and Giovanni Lazzoni.
Of particular note is the "Lamentation of Christ" by Antonio Begarelli (1524-26) and the fragment of fresco from the 14th century of a Madonna and Child, from the previous church and attributed to Tomaso da Modena.
(Source: "I luoghi sacri dell'arte – itinerari nelle chiese modenesi di proprietà comunale" - Comune di Modena- Artestampa, 1994)
HOW TO GET THERE:
Old city centre.
From Largo Sant'Agostino, take Via Emilia. After a short stretch is the church on the right-hand side next to the Palazzo dei Musei.
Parking: Parco Novi Sad.